Jeremy Martin

Jeremy Martin

About Jeremy
Hello, my name is Jeremy Martin, and I'm a wanderer, writer, and whatever else day-to-day life requires. I am fascinated by place, by the journey, by the diversity of ideas and experiences in the world....
Projects
I try to always be working on some project. For me, projects aren't about producing anything in particular, they're a form of play, play is a way of exploring, and the best part of life...

About The Restless Lens

Welcome to The Restless Lens, where you’ll find my personal interests, inspirations, ideas, and work, hosted outside the walls of social media; independent and strange, eclectic and completely un-monetizable, the way the internet should be.

My Writing

The Key and the String
The Key and the String
Addie and I are staying the month in a small and very lovely war-era Dutch row house, which our host generously gives us freedom to...
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A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
I was sending someone a text message the other day and needed just the right emoji. The conversation was completely over by the time I...
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The Magical Times of Day
The Magical Times of Day
I'm just going to go ahead and assume that everybody has a "magical" time of day: a moment on the clock face you enjoy, and...
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The Knowledge it Takes
The Knowledge it Takes
Was just walking around Luling, Louisiana, thinking about how much you have to know to really understand a place, when I found the perfect example...
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Interesting Links

Badass Women
Badass Women
It's painfully obvious to anyone paying attention that history tends to be a little (a lot), well, skewed toward the male side of things. All...
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Against Argument
Because there's no shortage of writing about politics (if thats still what we're calling it these days), I'm especially refreshed when I read a new and...
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Mapping Above and Below the City
Mapping Above and Below the City
If you're anything like me, its impossible to follow a set of stairs into any subway system without wondering how everything above ground interfaces with...
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Kill The Parking
Kill The Parking
Mexico City is ditching parking requirements for new development. Why in the world would one of the most traffic-congested cities in the world (a ranking...
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The Eastern Capital
The Eastern Capital
Here's a vaguely architectural project that impinges upon the more pleasant periphery of the artistic: imagine a project to rebrand China as a cultural rather...
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No Home Go Home
No Home Go Home
Words paired with sketches my using tea left ink, entitled "No Home Go Home / Go Home No Home." What could be more satisfying these...
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The Vulnerability of Sensitivity
The Vulnerability of Sensitivity
It seems that the most sensitive souls are able to find the most beautiful things about the world, but that sensitivity is a tremendous vulnerability...
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Read On

Expression, curation, and exploration. Check out specific categories in the menu above, or the full stream below.

Blocked

I’m blocked. I sit down to write with a cup of tea in a quiet room and I get comfortable. I rid my mind of all the noise of the day, all the noises of life and narrow my focus to a single point, as if by doing so I …

Changing Course

I don’t want come off as some kind of revolutionary, so let’s frame this whole thing first as a thought experiment. What if you changed the fundamental structure of your decision making? What if you shifted your reasoning to a completely new paradigm? What if, for example, money was no …

Country Living

I’m sitting on the patio – a converted carport with the concrete sealed and painted to cover the oil stains – surrounded by the insect buzz and birdsong of the impenetrable summertime woods that envelope my grandmother’s house on this gravel road, in what my wife facetiously likes to call …

Peace

I can’t help it, I read the news. Even though I hate every second of it, even though it makes me miserable and angry, I do it anyway, perhaps out of a sense that with so much disaster in the world (both natural and man-made), the least I can do …

Perspective

Perspective is a difficult beast to tame in writing. Hell, it’s a difficult thing to grapple with in life too. We are all defined by our perspectives, the unique lens through which we see the world, a lens formed by our past experiences and future hopes. All of which is …

What I Wish

I wish I could play for you all the songs ringing voiceless in my tone deaf ears, and I wish I could paint you all the vibrant shapes shimmering behind my colorblind eyes, and I wish I could speak all the words that lay twisted on my clumsy tongue, and …

Golden Meadow

House painter ain’t much of a title but its an onshore job in an offshore world where the pay may be better but the hours suck: 14 and 7 means you don’t get out to the peace of the marsh or anywhere else but a few times a month plus …

Dead Photographs

I’m back from a journey and sifting through my photographs, reliving each city through the lenses of five cameras: a micro four-thirds, a point and shoot and three (don’t ask) phones. I love the micro four-thirds camera; its like a tiny SLR with beautiful color sensitivity. The point and shoot …

Jet Lag

I awoke early Sunday morning to find “I’m supposed to be asleep” written on my laptop screen, the cursor must have spent all night blinking to an empty room. I hesitate to call this jet lag because since I returned from Europe my sleep patterns have been defined more by …

Meta Awareness

I’m writing this sitting on a breezy balcony five stories above some romantically named back road in Paris. The buildings are all painted varying shades of white with simple yet vaguely monumental ornamentation scattered up the facades from the grey concrete of the sidewalk to the grey metal of the …